Dit is niet voor het eerst in mijn leven dat ik plots gekweld wordt door kunstenaarsambities. Enkele jaren lang was ik in Helmond zo driftig aan het schilderen geslagen dat ik honderden schilderijen schiep, enkele wel 3 meter breed. Ik hing de kunstenaarsambitie aan de wilgen toen op mijn eerste expositie iemand zei dat mijn werk wel iets weg had van de Kooning. Niet echt om die reden – meer dat enkele forse regenwerken mijn schilderijen flink hadden aangetast, want ik had ze in de tuin gezet. Mijn hele huis was volkomen getrasht door de ambitie, alles zat onder dikke lagen krijt en olieverf.

Een leuke hobby. Het begon toch weer te kriebelen dus ben ik aan de slag gegaan. Op de Kaneelfabriek facebook site een leuke expositie die ‘Nick en Thierry’ heet.

Nu werkte ik vandaag aan de serie ‘invader’ die het kolonialisme op de moderne tijd betrekt. Hieronder enkele werken, over een tijd meer.

‘End Boss, Martinus Benders, 2022
The War Room, Martinus Benders, 2022
Hattack! Martinus Benders 2022
Only One Moonsprite, Martinus Benders, 2022
Formation, MB, 2022

Voxxt, Martinus Benders, 2022
Vortex Gamble Renaissance, Martinus Benders, 2022

Mountains, giants and mushrooms – in this fairytale-like collection, magic whirls and swirls, yet another reality breaks through as well – the whole world turned into The Shining, and the pilgrimage to Szymborska’s grave, a simple stone in Krakow, fails at the last minute; a journey without check marks across sixteen national borders to his daughter, however, succeeds. In its combination of fairy-tale nature, historical background and eerily topical reality, this collection of poems is Benders’ best since he lost count.


You have no time to read this, but that is because you are no longer human. If something of the original person were still alive in you, the old mycelia of childhood, then you would learn a lot from this book, indeed, with its magical knowledge, it might become your most useful possession. A book about the human imagination, and how it managed to get into the iron grip of trans-dimensional cockroaches. Furthermore, there are also magical tips to substantially improve your life and your time acceleration, and M.H.H. Benders also makes light-hearted mincemeat of the entire Dutch literature, what more could you want!

If you don’t want to crawl around mars like a cyber insect under a scrubbed boot – which is on the agenda – then you’d do well to read this book.

The first collected work of Martinus Hendrikus Hogervorst-Benders comprises no fewer than 712 pages and weighs in at least 1.4 kilos in thin print. It is the most ambitious collection written in the last thirty years, and certainly one of the highlights of Dutch literature as a whole, in line with Snoek and van de Woestijne. Anyone with a heart for literature and who wants to read an ambitious book brimming with cast-iron poems instead of yet another typical Dutch-language ‘masterpiece’ will be delighted with the purchase of this brick.

The Microdose Bible is the worlds most comprehensive and complete oversight of mind altering substances, teacher plants and mushrooms. Dutch mycologist and philosopher M.H.H.Benders takes you on a magical journey full of wonder about what teachers nature has to offer. Includes the Psychosupersum, a guide that describes all known mental disorders and offers wisdom for their treatment. 

This book will be published end of 2022.